Fast Facts: Italy

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

What is the weather like?

The best months to visit Italy are between mid April to the end of October with average temps between 70-80° F during the day and 50-60° F at night. Keep in mind the months of July, August and part of September are hot, humid, and full of tourists. Bring a sweater for evenings all year-round.

Check out the current weather conditions in Italy.

What is required for entry?

See our Visa page for information on passports and visas to Italy.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

There are no health requirements or precautions to enter Italy.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

In Italy, the currency is the euro. Please review the current exchange rate for the euro.

ATMs are available outside almost all banks.

Are tips & service charges customary?

Restaurants sometimes include a service charge in your bill. They also have a cover charge which is a charge for bread and table settings. If you are happy with the service, leave and additional 5%. Leave 10% if no service charge is applied. Tipping in taxis is not obligatory, either, but a tip of 1 euro or so is usually given to the driver.

What are the best items to shop for?

Italy is famous for its designer items such as Prada, Fendi, Gucci, and Armani. Try the designer outlets in the northern provinces outside Florence, Como, and Milan for great buys. Also look for antiques, clothes, wood carvings, lace and embroidery, violins, ceramics, silver and gold jewelry, wine, and shoes!

Como: silks
Spoleto, Rome: truffles
Florence, Rome, Milan: leather goods
Venice, Murano: glass
Vatican City: postage stamps and religious items

What are the voltage requirements?

230 volts. Plugs C, F & L. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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